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New Antenna

Cheapham.com had the LDG S9v18 antenna for $35 and the ground plane plate for $25, so I got that with some RG213 and put up a vertical! Such better reception than with the dipole on the roof. I know the roof was absorbing most of the enery on the ...


Got My General Ticket

Passed my General exam today. KF5WAY/AG on most HF until the FCC gets my paperwork. Only been able to make contact on 15m so far. Took the test at the San Antonio Ham Fiesta in Schertz, TX. Was an interesting crowd. I need to go to a larger hamfest ...


FT-897D Gaming Headset Interface Ideas

I've got a Turtle Beach X12 gaming headset. It comes with a digital interface for the XBox and PC. Works on the PS3 as well. It's a really nice headset, one of the only ones I've been comfortable wearing. Most over ear headphones tend to smash my ...


FT-897D Data Interface Circuit

Data modes really interest me, especially PSK31. When I got my FT-897D I surveyed all the options for how to connect my radio to my PC. Upon purchase, I got the RT Systems CAT cable (USB-62), but that only provided remote control and programming. My options at this point were ...


Finally on HF

For Christmas I got a Yaesu FT-897D plus the LDG AT-897plus and the FP-30 build in power supply for the FT-897D. Pretty happy with the combination. Very compact and very usable. My first setup was out in the backyard with my portable antenna setup, but I added a 10 meter ...


Portable Antenna

When I discovered I had radiant barrier in my attic, I was a bit bummed. I mean I love the energy savings, but it killed my plans for a big attic dipole for HF. I also wanted to put a J-Pole or something up there for UHF/VHF. I found ...


First Post

Starting a blog site for my ham projects and activities. My callsign is KF5WAY. Only have a dual band BaoFeng UV-5R+ right now, but I'm looking at getting an Elecraft KX3 with a bunch of bells and whistles.

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